September 24, 2011
Once again I have neglected my promise to visit you more often. I believe, however, you will be pleased to know what I have been up to. You can see some of the fruits of my recent labors at Opportune Spirits or in a very nice display at the Guild of Healers new Garden Gallery in our Outreach Retreat
. It occurred to me recently that I could donate some art to the Retreat for fund raising. I have a few pieces in the Garden Gallery now, and am working on more to add. I hope some other GoH members also display their work as there are plans for an open house some time in October. Our explorer community is so very talented, and I am always amazed. Not at my own work, of course, as that is nothing compared to the works of others. No, you and I have discussed the marvelous creations surrounding us in images, sculptures, architecture, even botany. The new ages appearing are most interesting, and I feel guilty that I have visited only a few. The new work at the Devokan Trust is ... well, you know what it is.
But I digress...
I do have a reason for writing to you other than to issue an apology. As you know, I have been working for the Professor now for almost one year. Until recently, I have remained rather quiet about this position. I suppose part of that was because I was so busy finishing the program I was in at the time and was also publishing my manuscript. I admit I then spent most of my time painting -- something I had not been able to do for years. The work with the Professor has been interesting, as I've been allowed to watch as the ruins slowly emerged from their graves and write down my observations in my own style. The students are enthusiastic, sometimes to the point of tiring me out. The Professor herself seems to have limitless energy, and her theories were (and are) still controversial. She does love to debate with her detractors! Thank goodness that is something I don't have to take on.
You know also that I had been invited to the Revnekan Institute of the Healing Arts some years ago for advanced training in various healing methods. It has proven helpful both for myself and for others. This program, my work at the Emporium, the Herbarium, the Guild restoration, and my publication has kept me very busy; consequently, I've said less about this than I could have. And what can one say when asked to listen to breathing and inner intuition as authoritative guides? "Seriously, what nonsense," I hear myself say even without soliciting opinions from anyone else. Jurel is ever cautioning Institute students against saying too much. Yrs. Solaken would prefer we kept everything in the Institute Guild Hall as if it were all still a secret. I know I should not have continued to read his correspondence once I realized who the journal belonged to.... But he seems to hold on to such outdated traditions! You will believe me, then, when I say it is such a relief that our Guild gatherings in the Cavern and the Retreat allow for freedom to discuss multiversional realities. Anyone interested can come to join us and speculate to their hearts content. Without such debates as the Professor allows, of course. But I digress again.
I do promise I will visit very soon, for something odd happened just ten days ago and I would like your opinion on it. As if they knew each other and had discussed the subject, both the Professor and Jurel suggested I make my observations and conclusions public. In fact, in their different ways, each insisted that I do something new to publish -- and soon! I am slightly dismayed, because I am about to begin the autumn herb harvesting and drying at the Herbarium. And that woman -- oh you know the one I mean. The Baroness. She is so very important.... Dot, she is positively annoying. I know she's making another attempt to "guide" our progress at Opportune Spirits. What is it to her, I wonder, since she never owned the property? Why should she care so very much how the project takes shape? My teeth are beginning to grind, I must admit. I am about to... oh, Dot, I am sorry.... I'm off on a tangent again...
Here, then, I will come to the point. I have place abstracts of some of my initial articles on the Information Board at the Devokan Trust
. I do hope you don't mind. They and links to the articles are listed on the information board at the CavernScents Herbarium, but I know you don't come out that way very often. If you'd like I'll add links to the Devokan board. I realize I could have simply said this without so much preamble (or verbo ambulo in medio
), but the sequence of events it is rather surprising, don't you think? Ruby will also be surprised, I am sure, although I'm not certain she took the time to read my letter closely enough to understand what it really means. I only say that because I've not received a KI-call or an unannounced visit even though she is tremendously busy with her new responsibilities. It is rare I
have eventful news to tell her
, and she would normally have been asking mountains of questions by now..
I hope also you do not mind I sent this to your office in Winterfell. It seemed.... safer.... than sending via KI-mail. I’ll explain more when I see you.
My Best Wishes,